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 President Obama orders Pakistan drone attacks
Missiles fired from suspected US drones killed as many as 35 people inside Pakistan, in two strikes since Barack Obama became president, which provides a clear sign that the controversial military policy begun by George W. Bush has not been changed .
Security officials said the strikes, which saw up to five missiles slam into houses in several villages, killed as many as 20 "foreigners" - a term that usually means al-Qaeda - but locals also said that several children lost their lives.
Dozens of similar strikes since August in northwest Pakistan, a hotbed of Taleban and al-Qaeda militancy, have sparked angry government criticism of the US, which is targeting the area with missiles launched from unmanned CIA aircraft controlled from operation rooms inside the US.
The operations were stepped up last year after frustration inside the prior (Bush) administration over a perceived failure by Islamabad to stem the flow of Taleban and al-Qaeda fighters from the tribal regions into Afghanistan. Mr Obama has made Afghanistan his top foreign policy priority and said during his presidential campaign that he would consider military action inside Pakistan if the government there was unable or unwilling to take on the militants.
Hellfire Missle Info:In his current best seller The Ghost War, author Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter, gives this vivid description of the AGM-114 N Hellfire missile: "The Army developed Hellfires at the height of the Cold War to defeat the armor of Soviet T-80's. A generation later, the missiles were re engineered to take out an enemy that preferred caves to tanks. In place of shaped charges to cut through steel, these Hellfires hold a fine aluminum powder wrapped around high explosive. The twenty-pound warheads spray molten shrapnel in every direction, killing anyone in a twenty-five- foot radius," a very lethal and powerful weapon. (Gazette scources are various AP stories that have appeared in papers all over the country.)
Many are praising our new President for this tough approach but it is not often mentioned on the national media news shows that are frequented by his liberal anti-war base. The economic stories and headlines have kept "The Drones" under their radar.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2009 20:37  

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